What’s the best way to monitor my stereo and mono downmix outputs? I want to monitor the respective output while adjusting the downmix settings in MixConvert V6. Here’s my setup:
I’ve got three outputs defined in Studio > Audio Connections… > Outputs:
- Surround Out
- Stereo Out
- Mono Out
In addition, I’ve got two channels that route my Master bus (5.1) to the Stereo Out and Mono Out outputs (and give me access to MixConvert V6 for adjusting downmix levels):
- Downmix Stereo
- Downmix Mono
I use the Control Room feature, so all output buses are “Not Connected.” [To be clear, the Stereo Out and Mono Out Outputs are used only for exporting downmixes.]
In Studio > Audio Connections… > Control Room, I’ve got just the Surround Out configured, called “Genelecs,” with six channels.
The Control Room panel allows me to monitor downmixes of the Surround Out output bus but without the ability to adjust levels (e.g., center channel, LS/RS, LFE). Furthermore, a Control Room downmix can’t be exported, so there’s no point in tweaking those settings here, even if you could. [Or, am I missing something?] Without the ability to adjust (or export) those things in Control Room, I instead need to monitor the Stereo Out or Mono Out output bus while adjusting downmix levels in MixConvert V6 for the corresponding Downmix channel. But those Outputs can’t be monitored! If I try to create Control Room channels for, say, “Genelecs - Stereo” and “Genelecs - Mono” , I’m told those channels (LF/RF or C) are already in use by channel “Genelecs.” Ugh!
My solution has been to export, listen, re-open the project, tweak downmix settings, and repeat. It’s pretty awful.
Surely, there’s a better way to monitor, adjust, and export downmixes?
Any advice is appreciated.